Undergraduate courses

CIVE 2221 Statics & Solid Mechanics

Connects fundamentals of Newtonian physics to the stresses and deformations in solids. Introduces properties of areas and volumes (centroidal axes, moments of inertia); equilibrium of particles and rigid bodies in two and three dimensions; analysis of internal forces in trusses and simple frames; shear and moment diagrams in beams; computation of stresses induced by axial force, moment, shear, and torque; and mechanical properties of materials.

CIVE 2320 Structural Analysis

Connects fundamentals from CIVE 2221 to analyze stresses, strains, strength, forces, and displacements in regular structures and structural members such as trusses, beams, frames, and arches. Covers shear stresses in beams; combined stress analysis (bars with axial load plus shear and bending); introduction to buckling; influence lines (application to statically determinate systems); computation of deflections (statically determinate systems); and analysis of indeterminate structures using virtual work and the flexibility method. Introduces applications to sensing and monitoring of civil structures using the flexibility method and moment distribution.

CIVE 3425 Steel Structure Design

Presents the design of steel structures for various loading conditions, including design of different types of frame structures that include steel members subjected to tension, compression, bending, and combinations of loading, and design of connections. Establishes the fundamentals of the behavior and the principles of creative design of steel structures using the latest load and resistance factor design (LRFD) specification of the American Institute for Steel Construction.

Graduate courses

ENSY 5585 Wind Energy Systems (co-taught with Professor M. Taslim)

Introduces wind energy and its applications. Integrates aerodynamics of wind turbine design with the structures needed to support them. Covers types of wind turbines, their components, and related analyses; airfoil aerodynamics; concepts of lift, drag, pitching moment, circulation, angle of attack, and stall; laminar and turbulent boundary layers and separation concepts; fundamental conservation equations; Bernoulli’s, Euler’s, and Navier-Stokes equations and their applications; Betz limit; computational fluid dynamics and its application for flow over typical airfoils; compressibility and elements of one-dimensional gas dynamics; wind resource; wind climatology and meteorological data; turbine tower and structural engineering aspects of turbines; vibration problems; aeroelastic phenomena in turbines; small wind turbines and vertical axis wind turbines; and introduces environmental and societal impacts and economic aspects.

CIVE 7354 Wind Engineering

Covers atmospheric circulation, atmospheric boundary layer winds, bluff-body aerodynamics, introduction to random vibration theory, response of structures to fluctuating wind loads, aeroelastic phenomena, wind-tunnel and full-scale testing, nonsynoptic winds (hurricanes, tornadoes, etc.), wind-load standards, and design applications.

CIVG 351 Behavior of Steel Structures

Studies the behavior and design of steel structural systems, including structural stability; advanced topics in mechanics and design of structural steel members, including combined axial, flexure, and shear loads; composite steel/concrete beam and column behavior and design; plate girders; and advanced topics in connection design. Requires one semester of undergraduate steel design.

CIVG 352 Bridge Design

Studies the behavior and design of prestressed concrete bridges. Includes conceptual design, flexural design, shear design, and torsional design of prestressed elements. Analyzes indeterminate prestressed structures and design for prestressed concrete bridges, including material properties, loads, reinforcement, structural analysis, temperature effects, and construction methods. Covers solid slab, T-beam, and box girders. Final projects include complete designs for a simple supported girder bridge and a continuous girder bridge using load factor and resistance design (LFRD) specifications. Requires one semester of undergraduate structural analysis.

CIVG 353 Pre-stressed Concrete

Introduces analysis and flexural design of prestressed concrete members, allowable stress in concrete and steel, pre- and posttensioned concrete beams, strength evaluation, and prestressed concrete bridge design. Requires one semester of undergraduate concrete design or one semester of undergraduate structural analysis.